Whistler for winter
Travel to Canada to experience one of the world’s best ski destinations.
Each year thousands of active and adventurous Queenslanders travel to Canada to experience one of the world’s best ski destinations, Whistler.
This popular town, just under two hours’ drive north of Vancouver, provides a winter playground for tourists offering incredible skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, shopping, restaurants and bars, hiking trails, spas and the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
No matter what time of year you visit, there’s something for everyone. As next month marks the beginning of its long ski season, we’ve listed a range of winter activities to help you plan your winter adventure.
Whistler Blackcomb is one of the largest ski resorts in North American and is internationally renowned for reliable snowfall each year. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which offer more than 200 marked runs, 8171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers combined. The ski trails are specifically marked as easy, moderate and difficult to cater for all experience levels. View a map of the trails here.
At the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is a pedestrian-only neighbourhood called Whistler Village. The village is offers shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife, cafes and accommodation. Visitors can ski in and ski out of the village throughout the day at their leisure. The holiday season is such a magical time of year to visit Whistler as the village is filled with spectacular lights and events.
Visit the Scandinave Spa just north of Whistler Village to soothe your sore muscles after a day on the slopes. The spa is surrounded by cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks. The Scandinavian baths experience occurs in three stages: first warming the body, then a short rinse in cold water and finally relaxing in a quiet place. Visitors can experience this through a wood-burning Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges, solariums and relaxation areas with outdoor fireplaces. Stay for a few hours or the day overlooking incredible views of snow-capped mountains.
One of the best ways to truly experience Canada is to book a dog sledding wilderness adventure. Enjoy a ride through the Callaghan Valley pulled by a team of powerful dogs running in the snow. Rest at the abandoned trapper’s camp on Totem Lake and learn about the history of Canadian fur trappers and their dog sleds.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
This is the ultimate experience for sightseers, skiers, snowboarders or photographers. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the world’s highest lift and connects the Whistler and Blackcomb mountaintops. The gondola offers scenic lookouts, mountaintop restaurants, wildlife viewing and interpretive displays. Enjoy a drink at the new Roundhouse Umbrella Bar for the ultimate mountain viewing experience.
Make your ski holiday one you’ll remember forever. Talk to the RACQ Travel team today for great deals on flights, accommodation, touring and more. Call 1300 188 713.